Getting to Know Dr Andrew Lanzone and Cure Urgent Care On 25a/Main Street.

Cure Urgent Care Huntington, NY is a walk-in urgent care clinic which fills the gap between spending hours at the emergency room and waiting for days to see your doctor. You can walk in to a conveniently located Cure center, with no appointment necessary, and find board-certified physicians who are ready to provide you with urgent medical care. Cure offers extended hours and top-of-the-line equipment, including on-site digital x-ray equipment, comprehensive laboratory services and pharmacies at most locations.

Cure Urgent Care Huntington is located at 241 E. Main Street Huntington, NY 11743.

Cure Urgent Care’s focus is Patients Health! Their doctors are certified and truly the best of the best. Cure Urgent Care offers wellness and preventative services as well as treatment for illness, injuries and disease

Open 7 days a week, 365 days per year, at Cure Urgent Care’s Team do whatever it takes to make sure you are comfortable, while being considerate of your time. When you need care whether it is an emergency, a seasonal cold, allergy, Summer Physical Exams for your Kids or just need medical advice, Cure Urgent Care is here for you.  If you have any questions please call 631-812-2873, contact them

 

Let’s introduce one of Cure Urgent Care’s Doctors Dr. Andrew Lanzone.

Dr. Andrew Lanzone is Board Certified in Family Practice and Sports medicine and has been in practicing since 2012. He completed his medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, his internship at NUMC, residency at Christ Hospital (Jersey City, NJ) and completed his sports fellowship through Plainview Hospital here on Long Island. After fellowship, Dr. Lanzone served briefly as a team physician for the athletics department at NYIT, while also teaching first and second year medical students at NYIT’s College of Osteopathic Medicine.  

Dr. Lanzone is passionate about his career and brings a wealth of Sports Medicine knowledge and background to patients at CureCare.  His non-operative treatment of sports injuries approach is widely accepted by his patients and welcomed in the urgent care setting. Dr. Lanzone is known for his compassionate care, thoroughness, and treating his patients with dignity and respect. 

Dr. Lanzone lives in Halesite, NY with his wife and has a baby on the way. 

 

We asked Dr Lanzone the following questions below with his answers:

1.     Why did you want to become a Doctor? 

I came from a family of medical professionals, so it seemed as though my path was predetermined. I grew up around my aunts and uncles who are physicians and dentists. and it is the best professional fit for me.

2.     What surprised you the most about your medical school studies?

The amount of information that was presented in the first two years was pretty intense. It took some time to change my study habits to compensate.

3.     Why did you decide to specialize in sports medicine?    

It is a different kind of specialty. I was fortunate enough to be introduced to it early in my residency, and I was able to see a wide range of patients; my patient population ranges from high level athletes, to weekend warriors, to older patients with general aches and pains from years of wear and tear. 

4.     What do you like least about being a specialist in sports medicine? 

There is nothing I do not like about sports medicine, and I feel as though it is a perfect specialty for me. It is also one of the few remaining medical specialties where the physical exam actually means something to both the physician and the patient.

      5.     What do you like most about being a specialist in sports medicine? 

       Sideline coverage is easily the most enjoyable aspect of sports medicine.  In my opinion, nothing is          more exciting than standing on the sideline, watching the games (regardless of the level) and to be            able to ensure the health of the athletes.

6.     Describe a typical day at work? 

At Cure Urgent Care we typically work 12 hour shifts during the week.  My day can be pretty hectic, but the range of patient issues is very wide. For example, I may see something as simple as runny nose, and walk out of the exam room and see a patient that fractured their fibula while playing soccer. I feel like I am kept on my toes every day, and I couldn’t think of a more exciting way to practice medicine. If I could only incorporate some sideline coverage locally, I would be set.

7.     From your perspective here what is the biggest problem in health care today? 

Access to health care seems to be a persisting problem in this country despite recent advances in insurance coverage. Most insurances have high deductibles, which deters patients from obtaining the care they need. Insurance companies in general have also gradually been able to dictate how medicine is practiced, which is outrageous, and needs to change.

8.     Why should I use ice and not heat on my injury?   

It really depends the timing of the injury. Ice is very good in the acute setting, i.e. the first 24 hours or so. Ice typically will decrease swelling and pain.  With a chronic injury, however, heat works more effectively. Muscle spasms tend to respond better to heat therapy as well.

9.     If an athlete does not bring their inhaler to practice and is prone to asthma attacks should the athlete be able to practice?

Most practices/competitions should have athletic trainers there and should have a patient’s medication on sidelines. That being said, it is absolutely the responsibility of several individuals to ensure the safety of every athlete: the physician, the athletic trainer, the athlete’s parents, and of course the athletes themselves.

10. Do you recommend a mouth guard? 

Absolutely. Every athlete should wear a mouth guard, regardless of the sport or the level of competition. Some athletes do not like to use them, as it makes communication difficult. One of my colleagues at Cure  plays college basketball at NYIT, and she told me she does not use a mouth guard. I looked at her and said are you kidding me?!? Athletes need to protect themselves at all times on the field/court, and that includes protecting the mouth.

11. Strength Training for Children; is it ok? 

It depends on age of the athlete. Starting resistance work at or after the onset of puberty would be the earliest that I would recommend. Resistance training in general will improve an athlete’s performance, but more importantly it aids in improving coordination and safety in sports. The flip side of the coin is that the resistance training has to be appropriate for the athlete’s age. Younger athletes should avoid heavy weights, and should instead opt for lighter weight with high repetitions. Exercise bands would be ideal for younger athletes. Proper form while weightlifting also ensures prevention of resistance-associated injuries which are significant. 

12. Best way to stay Hydrated? 

Drink as you are thirsty.  Over-hydration and under-hydration are common, so there needs to be a fine balance in what the athlete drinks. Electrolyte-containing beverages are excellent for prolonged competitions like marathons, but simple water is effective enough for in-game hydration. Post-activity electrolyte replenishment also aids in recovery after practice/competition.

13. Do you believe certified athletic trainers are an integral part of the Sports Medicine Team, why?  

In my opinion, the most important member of the sports medicine team is the athletic trainer. The athletic trainer is always around the athletes, whether at practice or in the training room or on the sideline. They are an extension of the physician, and in more ways than one they are more important. Every team should have one on the sideline.

14. What is your view about concussions on young athletes? 

There has been quite a bit of press about concussions in the past few years, particularly with their deleterious after-effects. In my opinion, everything that can be done with respect to prevention of concussion should be a top priority. There is a lot of talk in general about how much contact sports young people should be playing, and there are pros and cons to both sides of the argument. Even the NFL is having talks about this no contact in early season. The main point I would like to drive home, however, is that concussions are extremely serious injuries, and should be regarded as such. Athletes are responsible for the health of their bodies, and the brain is no exception. If an athlete has any concussion symptoms, they should immediately alert their trainer/parent/physician and obtain the appropriate medical evaluation as soon as possible. 

15. What teams at NYIT did you have the most activity with as their Dr.? 

I was able to work with basically every team. My function at NYIT was to see any athlete that was ill or injured, and to make the determination of what needed to be done next, i.e. imaging, physical therapy, rest from practice or competition, and potential specialist evaluation.

16. Difference between covering mens vs womens team? 

It really does not matter with gender, as the main issue is the mechanism of injury. While boys/men’s sports tend to be at a higher speed than girls/women’s sports, that does not necessarily translate to an increased incidence of injury. Regardless of the athlete’s gender, I do my best to maintain vigilance in injury prevention and recognition on the sideline.

17. What are the most common sports injuries? 

Anecdotally, I have seen more ankle sprains than I can remember. That being said, the surface on which an athlete performs can dictate injury patterns. Whether on the hard-court, field turf, or grass, each surface will come with it’s own most common injury. Each sport is obviously different in the most common injury, i.e. football vs. swimming.

18. What Type of non-operative treatments do you offer to patients? 

At cure we offer basically anything for athletes ranging from casting, joint injections, xray evaluation, and a referral service. I have also been trained in the use of ultrasound technology to diagnose musculoskeletal injury, as well as for needle guidance for injections to ensure appropriate placement. I have been trained in the injection of corticosteroids, viscosupplementation in arthritis, and muscle trigger point injections. I was also trained in platelet rich plasma preparation and therapy (PRP) through my fellowship, for which there are significant benefits. 

19. What tips do you have for parents of young athletes to keep them injury free?

It really depends on the sport. For example, pitch counts in baseball and softball are important to prevent shoulder and elbow problems in young athletes. Also, specialization in a single sport tends to result in patterns that predispose athletes to injuries. I generally recommend that athletes play at least two sports to help prevent this. General strengthening exercises as we discussed previously is important as well. A well-rounded athlete is a healthy athlete.

20. What would you say to patients about CureCare. 

It’s a Walk-in medical center. We take care of all non life threatening injuries from simple sinusitis, to bronchitis to broken bones, and we are 7 days a week/365 days a year.

21. Do you have family? If so, do you have enough time to spend with them? 

I do! My wife and I are expecting our first child, a boy, at the end of July. Sometimes my work can make spending time with my wife difficult due to the 12 hour shifts. She is very understanding, and we make the most of our time together…after knowing her for 13 years, it’s like we just started dating. 

22. What types of outreach/volunteer work do you do, if any?   

In the past, I have covered high school football games during my residency, as well as mass participation events like the NYC Marathon during my fellowship. Since embarking on my career, I have had difficulty getting back to that. I am, however, planning on getting back into that shortly. 

23. Is there anything you would like to cover that I did not ask you? 

Not that I can think of! Very good questions, and each one was important.

24. Where did you meet your wife? 

Went to high school together! We both went to Long Island Lutheran H.S. in Brookville which is where we met. We went to different colleges, but we both made the effort to see eachother regularly. Like I said above, we have been together for 13 years…We were married at the end of May of 2014, and began immediately working on a life together. We bought a house in Halesite one year ago, and we absolutely love the community as a whole. 

 


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